April 19, 2017
Thoughts from Wednesday Morning
Dear Loma and CT Parents and Guardians:Fortified with Vitamin D!
It definitely feels like the Spring Sprint has begun. The calendar of year-end traditions is filling in. Our state testing begins next week. Everyone is gearing up to jog, or golf, or sip, or dance, or jockey for graduation parking. In the backdrop is a shared experience with almost everyone on the mountain – we are “over it” with the rain. If I ask anyone, kid or grown-up, “How are things in your neck of the woods?” the answer is almost always a heavy sigh and an update on mud holes, potholes (which before this year we would have classified as sink holes), downed trees, slip outs, slide outs, and a general sense of, “When is the rain going to stop!” Doesn’t matter where I have the conversation – at Loma, CT, the vet, the Summit Store, Building Blocks – everyone is just done, but at least we have each other.
Then, the sun comes out! Spring is in the air again this morning, and it feels great! I’m planning to soak it up as much as I can today and the remainder of the week. I am fortifying myself with Vitamin D for the Spring Sprint! We all need it to get through this time of year when everything accelerates. Our 8th graders are ready to be high school students (or so they firmly believe). Our kinders are getting ready for the “big kids” playground. The Jog-a-thon is next week. Open House is coming soon. Testing will roll out along with end of the year projects and celebrations. I am not counting on the rain being done yet so I am soaking up the sun when I can.
Mrs. Shoemate taught me some years ago, that it is the journey not the destination that we remember. I hear her voice in my ear this morning reminding me to take a deep breath, count my blessings, be kind along the way, and enjoy the surprising detours. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride from here on out! It’s going to be great!
CT English Inflatables Night
CT Inflatables Night is this Friday! Super fun! We need volunteers! Please help make the last Home and School event a great success. If you are able to help from 7-9, please contact Cynthia McGraw at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sip for Our Schools Event
Sip & Sun this weekend. Enjoy award-winning wines, with the best view in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Join us, April 22nd and 23rd from 12 to 5pm at Loma Prieta Winery, 26985 Loma Prieta Way, Los Gatos CA 95033
LPEF Golf Tournament Sponsorship
Don’t golf, no problem. Tee up your business with a golf sponsorship hole. Support your local schools though a PEF Golf Donation. Contact Ben Abeln for more details at 408-353-2186 x7.
Spring Assessments Coming Next Week
It feels like spring! In the world of education, spring also signals the beginning of California state assessments. This spring, our 3rd through 8th grade students will again participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System, which is California’s statewide testing program. The tests in the CAASPP System provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about students’ progress and readiness for college and career. Both schools will begin testing in April. The tests are not timed, and we want kids to take all the time they need to do their best.
Standardized tests provide a snap shot of our students’ performance relative to others in the state on a set of common tools. These assessments are not designed to be the “gold standard” of testing. They are one measurement among others that we use to both validate and adjust our programmatic efforts. This year marks the beginning of the final shift away from the older “STAR” testing format in science to the new web-based science assessment.
This year, your child will take the following assessments:
Grades 3 through 8:
Smarter Balanced online tests for ELA and Mathematics
Grades 5 and 8:
Smarter Balanced new online test for Science (pilot year)
Smarter Balanced Assessments
The California Department of Education (CDE) has developed several resources to help students and parents understand the grade expectations of the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments:
The Parent Guides to the Smarter Balanced Assessments (in English and Spanish) are posted on the CDE’s CAASPP Web page, under the Students and Parents Tab, at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/index.asp?tabsection=3#ssr. Separate guides have been developed for each of the three grade spans tested: grades 3–5, grades 6–8, and grade 11. Each guide explains the grade-level expectations for students in ELA and mathematics and provides sample test items.
The practice and training tests, which can be found on the CDE’s Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp, can help parents and students experience the type of test items that students will encounter on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments. Answers to the practice test and scoring rubrics for the performance tests are posted on the Test Administrator (TA) Resources for the Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Web page at http://www.caaspp.org/ta-resources/practice-training.html.
• For information about the content, types of questions, and other targeted resources for the science tests, please see the CDE’s CAASPP Science Assessment Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppscience.asp.
• If you would like more information about the CAASPP System, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE’s CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/index.asp?tabsection=3#ssr.
Please join Board President Deana Arnold and me for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, April 26th, at 8:30 a.m. in the art room. Come hear about progress on the reconstruction, building and field master plan update, and many other topics related to next year and beyond. Bring your questions, comments and concerns, and join us from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Let us know you’ll join us by completing this quick survey:
The Loma Home and School Club is excited to host the 30th Annual Loma Prieta Jog-a-thon coming up next Friday, April 28, 2017!
The Jog-a-thon is the Loma HSC's biggest fundraiser of the year. Please consider supporting your favorite students by pledging your support. All money raised at the Jog-a-thon benefits Loma and the HSC. PLEDGE SHEETS ARE DUE APRIL 26th. Students will not be able to participate unless the permission form has been received. As before, it is a minimum day (8:20-12:30). Please remember to pack a healthy snack for your student.
We are in need of volunteers to help with set up, clean up, and a variety of jobs to make the Jog-a-thon a success! Many of the opportunities only require 30 minutes and can be accommodated while enjoying the fun. Please sign up to help here: http://signup.com/go/f5HKPn
Students in each grade will run and/or walk for 25 minutes to complete as many laps as possible. All participants who cross the finish line when the final whistle blows will be given credit for that lap. The Jog-a-thon schedule is:
We welcome parents and community members to come and watch or jog alongside your favorite participants. Loma gear and Jog-a-thon T-shirts (free to students with completed permission forms) will be available for purchase. CT students must have written permission from their parents to attend. These permission slips must be in the CT office no later than Thursday, April 27, 2017.
The HSC will also have refreshments for sale. This year, in addition to coffee, drinks and pastries, we will feature organic breakfast burritos prepared by the Madrigal Family ($6). All proceeds from the food stand go to the HSC. We will also have a Kona Ice Stand from 9:30-12:30 ($3 - $6) - 25% of proceeds will go to the HSC.
Hello wonderful parents and volunteers! We are so grateful for all that you do for our schools and students. We most certainly couldn’t do it without you! Thank you! Please join us as guests of honor at our volunteer “camping” tea on May 10, 2017 at 10 a.m.
I told you it was going to get busy!
Springtime Basketball Camp Grades 3 to 8
For those considering basketball for the fall season, Coach Eddie is putting on a camp Saturday, May 13th. Coach Eddie has led our CT English Boys Basketball teams through successful seasons over the last few years. To register, go to: www.allstarbba.com
Loma’s Upcoming Events
4/19 Spring Pictures / Sow assembly 8:30a
4/22-4/23 Sip for Our Schools at Loma Prieta Winery 12-5pm
4/24 CAASPP Testing – 3-5graders
4/26 Parent Coffee 8:30a – Art Room
4/28 Jogathon / Minimum Day, dismissal at 12:30
4/28 Sprit Day - Postponed